Increasing honest responding on cognitive distortions in child molesters: The bogus pipeline revisited

Gannon, Theresa A. and Keown, Kirsten and Polaschek, Devon L.L. (2007) Increasing honest responding on cognitive distortions in child molesters: The bogus pipeline revisited. Journal of Sexual Abuse - a Journal of Research and Treatment, 19 (1). 5-22 . ISSN 1079-0632 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Questionnaires are relied upon by forensic psychologists, clinicians, researchers, and social services to assess child molesters' (CMs') offense-supportive beliefs (or cognitive distortions). In this study, we used an experimental procedure to evaluate whether extrafamilial CMs underreported their questionnaire-assessed beliefs. At time one, 41 CMs were questionnaire-assessed under standard conditions (i.e., they were free to impression manage). At time two, CMs were questionnaire-assessed again; 18 were randomly attached to a convincing fake lie detector (a bogus pipeline), the others were free to impression manage. The results showed that bogus pipeline CMs significantly increased cognitive distortion endorsements compared to their own previous endorsements, and their control counterparts' endorsements. The findings are the first experimental evidence showing that CMs consciously depress their scores on transparent questionnaires.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: bogus pipeline; cognitive distortion; impression management; pedophilia
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Theresa Gannon
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2008 10:10
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 17:05
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